MLS Preview and Prediction: LA Galaxy vs Sporting Kansas City

Competition: Major League Soccer – LA Galaxy vs. Sporting Kansas City

Venue: StubHub Center – Thursday, June 2 – 22:30 ET (03:30 BST)

Match Odds: LA Galaxy 7/10 – Draw 14/5 – Kansas City 15/4

Match Preview

LA Galaxy welcome Sporting Kansas City to StubHub Center on Thursday evening in one of six midweek fixtures before the two week international break.

Galaxy’s unbeaten run of nine was ended by Montreal at the weekend in dramatic fashion as they conceded in the last seconds of injury time.

Bruce Arena’s side have now only won once in their last five games and trail top spot in the Western Conference by eight points.

LA are still 5th and do boast the best goal difference in Major League Soccer. They’ll be looking to get back on track here and improve on recent results.
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Sporting Kansas City are struggling for form and come into this one off the back of their 1-0 loss to DC, their second loss on the bounce and fourth in their last five.

Peter Vermes will be concerned with SKC’s form, as they have only won once in their last ten outings and only scored seven goals in those games.

Kansas City remain 7th in the West and only three points outside the top six, so if they can regain form and get on a run they could push their way back up the table.

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Team News

LA Galaxy have no injury concerns heading into this tie but will be without Robbie Keane, Baggio Husidic and Gyasi Zardes who are all on international duty.

Sporting Kansas City are expecting to be without Kevin Ellis through injury and Seth Sinovic is a doubt. Soni Mustivar, Matt Besler and Graham Zusi are also on international duty.

Key Points

LA Galaxy’s last five: D/W/D/D/L

Sporting Kansas City’s last five: L/L/W/L/L

Key Stat: Fortress – Galaxy are unbeaten in their last six games at StubHub Center

Key Player: Steven Gerrard – The midfield maestro is the joint leader of assists for Galaxy so far this season. He will need to step up and take the game to SKC in the absence of so many key faces for his side.

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Score Prediction

LA Galaxy 3-1 Sporting Kansas City – Galaxy to bounce back and continue their strong run of home form. Although both sides are missing players through international duty, SKC have struggled of late and don’t have quite the same squad depth as the home side.


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